Delivering confident traction for walking and hiking on packed snow and ice, the lightweight (21.5 oz/pair) Kahtoola K10 Hiking Crampon is ideal for getting above treeline and out into the backcountry in winter. Broad adjustability allows the crampon to fit over most types of shoes and hiking boots.
We are taking a look at the Kahtoola K10 Hiking Crampons. These are ideal for getting you into the backcountry in those snowy, icy conditions when you are backpacking and hiking. They are meant for those trails that are navigable with regular shoes and regular boots on the warmer seasons, but when the snow and ice comes into the winter these are definitely ideal. They are going to give you that traction that you need with the spikes on the bottom. They are definitely more hard core and they give you more traction than the traditional micro spikes, but these aren’t meant for mountaineering use. They are not meant for ice climbing. They are certainly meant for hiking and backpacking on trails.
They are lightweight, but they are also very durable. So Kahtoola is using lightweight steel so you are not going to worry about these rusting at all. And they are highly adjustable. So the first thing I want to point out is the adjustments that you can make. They are going to work for a shoe, a boot, boot sizes that are from women’s size eight up to a men’s size 13. So they are really versatile and it is really easy to make the adjustment. So you have just got an adjustment down here underneath. You have all of these different adjustment points. So you just lift that up and adjust it up and down to your preferred size.
Now they say to adjust them one size bigger than your boots to try them out and then adjust it from there. So I have got a set on my pair of boots here. I wear a women’s eight and a half and they work well on these boots. So I have got them adjusted. You have got a flexible leaf spring extender bar right here. So that ensures that you have a natural stride. It is flexible, so it is going to flex with you as you hike and as you move and then obviously you have got your traction here. So two nice spikes here in the front. You have got some in the middle of your foot there on the ball of your foot. And then obviously you have got four in the back. So this is going to provide all the traction you need. They are nice and tall, but they are not too big. So if you are going on ice and you are encountering some mixed ice and rock, you are definitely going to have really good traction there.
And then other than that you have got some adjustments on the top. So once you have adjusted the traction part, once you have adjusted that to the size of your boot, you put your boot in there and then you have got two clips. They are really easy to adjust from there. So all you have to do is loosen those up, you know, make sure you have got enough room there and then clip them closed and tighten that down. You don’t want to over tighten them so that it is cutting off any circulation or anything like that, but you don’t want them to be too loose that your boot is moving around. So you can certainly get the feel of it. If you are using them for the first time, I would say go out on a short hike. Make minor adjustments. You have also got a nice clip there on the top. And I will mention that the back part of this is really adjustable. So if you have got lower profile boots you can move it down. If you have got taller boots to fit different shoe sizes and different boot sizes. So they are going to work for a variety of different sizes.
They do come with snow release skins and these are meant to be put on the bottom of the crampon and they definitely help with snow building up underneath of the crampon and getting stuck in there. So they are optional. You don’t have to use them. But they come with and they are just a nice added feature. So you have got the snow release skins there and, overall, they are a nice, lightweight, but yet very durable option for backcountry hiking and backpacking when you are going to encounter snow and ice and you really need a reliable traction on the bottom of your boots. They are the Kahtoola K10 Hiking Crampons.